New York Business Plan Competition

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New York Business Plan Competition

Save the Date: April 24, 2015

The 6th annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) in 2015 will feature regional competitions in New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council zones: Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island. Regional partner colleges and universities will host semifinal competitions in their regions in late March and early April. The top teams from each of the 10 regions advance to the final round of the statewide competition, where they will compete head-to-head for the grand prize on April 24, 2015 in Albany, NY.

The lead organizing institutions have grown the NYBPC from a small, regional competition into a statewide competition with some of the largest awards and prizes of any student business competition in the world. The NYBPC is the only leading collegiate business competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative statewide program representing over 75 colleges and universities, which sets it apart from all other competitions in the nation.

Since 2010, over 1,130 student teams from almost 75 of New York’s colleges and universities have pitched their ideas and ventures at the NYBPC. The winners are selected each year by esteemed judges, including venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, other sophisticated public and private investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. At the end of the 2014 competition, more than $1,300,000 in prizes have been awarded to student entrepreneurs in New York.

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Current undergraduate and graduate students from accredited colleges located in New York. Ventures should fall into one of the following categories:
  • Biotechnology/ Healthcare
  • Energy/Sustainability
  • Information Technology/Software
  • Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology
  • Products/Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit


Over $500,000 in prizes


Go to, complete the application, and submit according to the instructions on the website.